The West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring, Texas is currently seekinga Psychiatrist (Assistant Chief, Mental Health Service, Big Spring, Texas). The Assistant Chiefis board certified and is a member of the Medical Staff providing supervision ofPsychiatrists and clinical/administrative staff. The Assistant Chief will assist the Chief, Mental Health to promote the development of health care professionals through counseling, mentoring, teaching and encouraging self-assessment. He/She monitors and promotes compliance with VA regulations and professional standards pertaining to outside professional activities and ethical conduct; works as a direct report to the Chief and ensures that facility programs reflect the mission and priorities of the VA and Network Office (VISN 17); monitors and ensures medical staff compliance with agency regulations, medical staff bylaws, federal and state rules and regulations, VA facility policies, OIG, Joint Commission standards and other appropriate regulations; responsible for the day to day operations Mental Health at the Big Spring facility and the Communicty Based Outpatient Clinics, Outreach Clinics and during the absence of the Chief; assists the mental health service line chief in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for treatment teams; improve production or increase quality of work produced by staff;and provides strong leadership, managerial, organization and clinical skills to improve patient flow and achieve measurable outcomes to include patient appointment availability; improving Mental Health Service efficiency; expanding outpatient care; and implementing evidence based practices in all clinical services.
Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and may vary by hiring facility.
Functional Statement: Psychiatrist #000000
- U.S. citizenship
- English language proficiency
- Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
- Licensure and Registration - Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA Educational requirements.
- Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry and Neurology
- Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required. First-Year Residency (Internship) - Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was competed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are: Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed OR Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.
- Additional Requirements: Completed residency-training in psychiatry, 1 year experience initial clinical diagnostic exams, formulating treatment plans (in and outpatient), prescribing medications, counseling, psychotherapy, coordinating primary care follow, coordinating specialty medical/surgical
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.
Salary determination will bemade by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for ally qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position is primarily a sedentary position with a great deal of work in an office, working at a computer monitor and keyboard, answering phone, using tele/video monitor, prolonged sitting, and interacting with patients. Some physical exertion is required and includes but not limited: walking to various clinical activities, standing minimal lifting, and walking up and down stairs.
Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.?, If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Occupational Questionnaire
- CV or Resume
- VA Form 10- 2850 - Application For Physicians, Dentist, Podiatrists, and Optometrists - Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf
- Proof of current certification, licensure or registration
- Unofficial transcript(s) (official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired)
- Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf
- Veterans must submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
- If currently employed by the Federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1868418.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.